Fashion, But Make It Barefoot – July 2022

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A photo Collage of 5 different pairs of stylish barefoot shoes to show how they can be styled - Bohempia Herlik, Xero Gracie rain boot, Nons lace up boot, Magical Shoes barefoot sandals, and FeelBarefoot brogues

I care a lot about my foot health. But I also want to love what I wear, so I get a lot of joy when I find good shoes that are stylish at the same time! Here is a roundup of five trendy shoes I’ve swapped out for barefoot alternatives that feel a million times better but still look cool. This one features rubber rain boots, brogues, a Converse dupe, and pretty sandals.

Click here to see all the previous Fashion, But Make it Barefoot posts.

Stylish Barefoot Alternatives to Popular Shoe Trends


1. Xero Shoes Gracie

Annotated image comparing Xero Shoes Gracie Rain Boot to low cut Hunter heeled Rain boots. The text reads "Which one is made for feet" with a questioning emoji.

Rubber | $70 | Sizes US women’s 5-12 | Ships from US or EU

Once you see it, you can’t unsee it. Most “mainstream” shoes simply aren’t made with anatomy in mind!

I look at the shoe on the bottom and I see a foot forced into plantar flexion (foot pointed down) with the toes forced up. That’s not how my foot wants to be when I’m standing on it!

The minimalist shoe market has some catching up to do, but every year we have more and more natural footwear options. So excited for these rain boots from  (top shoe in the photo), I hope it is the first of multiple iterations! See more about these in this Instagram Reel.

A top down view of a pair of feet wearing green Xero Shoes Gracie rubber barefoot rain boots standing in a puddle

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2. Bohempia Shoes

Toe to Toe photo collage comparing Bohempia barefoot hemp sneakers with Converse pointy toe. Arrows pointing to the converse shoe say "Bunion Shaped". The arrow pointing to the Bohempia sneakers say "Foot Shaped"

Hemp (vegan) | $120 | Sizes EU 36-44 regular and wide | Ships from US, EU, CZ, SK, or JP

Use code ANYASREVIEWS for 10% off Bohempia Official

If you put your feet in pointy shoes long enough, they’ll become pointy too.

The biggest no brainer when it comes to shoes? They should match the shape of human feet. 🤯

I’ll never forget the first time I put on a truly foot shaped shoe (they were Altra Running shoes), I was like whaaaaaaaa shoes don’t have to hurt?!?!? And I’ve never looked back.

Got painful feet? The absolute first thing I recommend doing is stop wearing pointy toed shoes. Check out my Barefoot Shoe Lists for a world of foot-shaped shoes you didn’t know existed.

The shoes on the bottom are from Bohempia and now available in select colors and sizes at Anya’s Shop!

A woman sitting on her front steps in a black dress and jean jacket. She has her arms on her knees and she is smiling at the camera because her feet are happy in her Bohempia Herlik 2.0 hemp barefoot converse dupe sneakers

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3. FeelBarefoot Brogues

Two women dressed similarly in dress pants, a solid shirt, and a jacket draped over their shoulders. Both women are looking down at their feet. The woman on the left is wearing conventional heeled pointy toe brogues, while the right is wearing FeelBarefoot by Aintap turkish handmade leather brogues with a wide toe box and zero drop leather sole

Leather | Sizes US Women’s 3.5 – Men’s 15 | $80-$120 | Ships from Turkey

Use code ANYASREVIEWS30 for an extra 5-10% off

Ready to have comfortable feet even when dressing up??

Most dress shoes are notoriously bad for our feet (raised heel, pinchy toe box, you know what I’m talking about).

If you’re tired of ending your day with an achy low back and painful feet, then it might be time to consider your footwear. Zero drop dress shoes with an anatomical toe box shape can go a long way toward your comfort, and they can still be fancy.

FeelBarefoot recently developed these barefoot brogues, and they are everything. You can get them for $110 with free shipping from the FeelBarefoot Etsy shop with code ANYASREVIEWS30 . 🥳

I recreated an ad for oxfords with the FeelBarefoot version and they look just as nice! But waaaay more comfortable.

A couple notes: They fit high volume – if you have skinny ankles/low arches they might gape. You can use a tongue pad or heel grip. I am wearing a size 37, but read my FeelBarefoot review for details on the sizing. There are different listings for men’s and women’s sizes and you should definitely use the size chart (it’s a photo in the product listing) to ensure you’re ordering the size you intend.

And lastly, the sole is made of buffalo hide and starts out feeling stiff for a barefoot shoe. I highly recommend bending and flexing the sole a bit to loosen them up before wearing, or you can just start wearing them and they will loosen up on their own with wear.

Top down view of FeelBarefoot Brogue leather hand crafted unisex dress shoes with foot shaped toe box and zero drop leather outsole

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4. Magical Shoes Sandals

Photo collage comparing a pair of strappy heel wrapped high heel sandals with a pair of Magical Shoes Moana sandals with a similar look but with no heel and an anatomical shaped sole

Leather | $99 | Sizes EU 36-43 | Ships from Poland

Use code ANYA for 10% off

Maybe, just maybe, you can wear flat shoes to that event coming up and nobody will think twice.

Maybe the confidence boost you get from feeling comfortable and free will match or exceed the confidence boost from being taller in heels.

Maybe we can all start seeing the beauty in feet that are healthy and strong and stop idolizing foot binding.

If you want to keep some high heels for special occasions, that’s ok. But maybe we can also start exploring the alternatives and question why we’re attached to them. You might be surprised at how easy it is to leave them behind.

And BTW, it’s not just women’s shoes that have heels. Men like the extra height their shoes give them as well! We all have a lot of unpacking to do.

The strappy sandals I’m wearing on the bottom photo are one example of a high heel swap. They’re the Moana model from Magical Shoes and you can use code Use code ANYA for 10% off anything you order.

These sandals run big! I sized down, but always best to measure your feet and consult their size chart (I have detailed instructions for how to do this here).

Look below to see one way to style them for dressy occasions. If you’d like more feminine dress shoes to replace your heels I have all my favorites listed out – linked above. I’ve attended cocktail parties, weddings, and events in minimalist shoes and to be honest with you I looked smoking every time (heels not required).

Heeled shoes are from an ad for Lulus.

Magical Shoes Moana Sandals styled by a woman with brown hair wearing a black patterned hi-low flowy dress

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5. No(N)s Boots

Side by side comparison collage of tall cognac lace up leather boots. The left photo shows conventional heeled pointy toe bunion maker boots, and the rights features NoNs handcrafted leather boots with zero drop vibram sole and anatomical toe box.

Leather | $200 | EU Sizes 37-44 | Ships from Estonia

Love me some boots that are actually made for walking!

Me, I’m not one to compromise. So when I see a style I love but that I KNOW will be painful for my body, I search for something better. Tall lace up boots with a pointy toe and block heel? Let’s keep the first bit and ditch the rest. 💁🏻‍♀️

No(N)s is a newer barefoot shoe brand, and ever since I saw BarefootSaga’s pair I’ve had my eye on these delicious tall ones. So I finally ordered some in a custom color and with custom calf measurements – I have skinny calves and most tall boots gape. The process took a while but they’re here, oh so buttery soft and a bold style statement.

If you were to not customize them, they’d ship lots faster. But I’m happy I got the custom calf. Thank you Katrin! 👏

You can also find tall lace up boots from Peerko Barefoot (we have some still in stock at Anya’s Shop as well). If you’d like to explore barefoot boot options even further, check out my Complete List of Barefoot Boots! Because you don’t need to suffer for your style.

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3 thoughts on “Fashion, But Make It Barefoot – July 2022”

  1. Hi! I love the “Bunion shaped vs. Foot shaped” description for the Bohempias.
    That is how we should start describing ALL feet deforming shoes! Then the natural shoe movement might catch on. Of course, anyone reading this already knows the benefits.
    Thanks Anya, and team. Keep doing what you do!

  2. Hi Anya, I love all your information. So helpfull! Thankyou! I have hallux rigidus, Can you recommend sandals & also house shoes that won’t put pressure on my bone spurs? I have been wearing spenco sandals for house shoes & love the style. But would like something barefoot. Thanks, Bev

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I first discovered barefoot shoes after a long history of foot issues. By changing my footwear and strengthening my body I was able to completely transform my life. Anya’s Reviews is my way of sharing with the world that healthy feet are happy feet!

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